$5k fine for cutting down High Country fence

A SOUTH Gippsland man has been ordered to pay more than $5000 after cutting down a fence in the High Country.

The Nyora man, was ordered to pay $5280 in compensation to Parks Victoria after agreeing to terms of a diversion order at Korumburra Magistrates Court on January 23.

The court heard that on June 7, 2013, while camping in the Moroka area in the High Country north of Briagolong  the man cut down a heritage style fence designed to prevent vehicle entry to the  historic Moroka Hut. He used the timber for firewood.

The damaged fence was discovered by patrolling Parks Victoria rangers the following morning.

He was later interviewed and charged by police with criminal damage.

Victoria Police and Parks Victoria were appalled by the destruction of the fence, as there was lots of firewood in the area.

Vandalism around huts and gates in the High Country is an on-going issue for police and Parks Victoria, who will continue targeting unruly behavior in these areas. A number of operations will be conducted in the coming months.